Today marks the feast of St. Mary Magdalene (St. Mary Magdalene, penitent in the Old Calendar). Now, there are those within and without the Church (typically of the feminist persuasion) who would have the world believe that she was NOT a prostitute. There is nothing that implies that in the Scripture, after all. But Catholicism relies on Scripture AND Tradition, doesn’t it? And Tradition says that she was a prostitute–and as I always say, Tradition is usually more right than wrong. There are also those in the world today who hate the Church, and want to portray, whether ficticiously or otherwise, that Mary Magdalene and the Lord Jesus were married or romantically involved, or other such lies.
But the truth of the matter is, whether or not she was a prostitute, the Lord saved her. I like to imagine that at one time she was the lowest, most depraved woman alive. Why? Because that makes God’s mercy even greater! His mercy is for everyone who loves Him.
Fr. Gonzales at Overheard in the Sacristy explains the tradition of St. Mary Magdalene portrayed holding an egg (and the origin of the Easter Egg):
“One tradition concerning Mary Magdalene says that following the death and resurrection of Jesus, she used her position to gain an invitation to a banquet given by Emperor Tiberius. When she met him, she held a plain egg in her hand and exclaimed “Christ is risen!” Caesar laughed, and said that Christ rising from the dead was as likely as the egg in her hand turning red while she held it. Before he finished speaking, the egg in her hand turned a bright red, and she continued proclaiming the Gospel to the entire imperial house.”